MSc / PhD position at Trent University by 6kMH18


									                 MSc / PhD position at Trent University
                                Peterborough, Ontario, Canada

          Roosting ecology of Chimney Swifts
    PhD would also examine the relationships among movement patterns,
             breeding success, and exposure to contaminants
Chimney Swifts (Chaetura pelagica) are classified as Threatened in Canada and in the province of
Ontario. Causes of their decline are likely related to decreases in food supply and suitable habitat.
Because they require very large chimneys for roosting, a major habitat limitation is the availability of
roosting sites – sites where migrating birds (and those not busy incubating) congregate overnight. The
conditions that constitute an attractive roost site are not known, nor is there any information on exactly
how swifts use these roosts. In collaboration with Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. and the Ontario
Ministry of Natural Resources, we seek an MSc student to answer these questions. Field work will be
centered in the Deep River / Pembroke area of Ontario, and the student will perform thesis work at
Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. Field work will involve measuring the internal conditions
(light, temperature, etc.) in active and non-active roost sites, as well as monitoring and analyzing
behavioral data from roosting swifts captured on video camera. The possibility exists for this project to
constitute, or be expanded into, a PhD project. In this case, additional work requirements would involve
using radio-telemetry to follow roosting swifts to nesting sites. Further, such breeding parameters will
be relevant to analyzing the possibility and/or level of exposure to contaminants experienced by swifts
in some roost sites. Funding is available to support either an MSc or PhD Student and the research
project that would allow the project to commence in May 2012.

To Apply: Further details regarding the project can be obtained by contacting Dr. Joseph Nocera
(; at Trent University and the Ontario Ministry
of Natural Resources or Annie Morin at Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd ( Interested
applicants should submit a covering letter, a CV, and contact details for three possible referees to Dr.
Joseph Nocera. We will begin to accept applications immediately, and will continue to do so until
January 9, 2012.

Qualifications: The successful applicant will need to meet the entrance requirements for Masters /
Doctoral candidates into Trent University’s Environmental and Life Sciences Graduate Program
( Preference will be given to candidates with research experience that would
be competitive for external and internal scholarships.

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